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February 24, 2010 -
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It is important to schedule routine maintenance on a facility's fire-alarm and detection system. But that involves more than just making a call to a testing agency. Facility managers need to also provide the paper trail for the fire-alarm and detection system.
Useful records include the system's original as-built shop drawings, operation and maintenance manuals, and the written sequence of operations. These provide the testing agency with needed system operation and layout information.
This information is especially important when the fire-alarm and detection system interfaces to other building equipment, such as elevator recall, suppression-system actuation, door control, smoke control and HVAC shutdown.
Providing prior inspection records also helps the testing agency get a full picture of the system, providing information about previous system testing and deficiencies encountered during that testing.